A black bear was illegally killed in Maryland, the state’s Natural Resources Police said Monday afternoon. Now they're looking for the poacher who killed the animal.

The bear was found dead on Sunday in the Frederick City Watershed. Police said the 7-year-old male bear weighed more than 340 pounds.

The four-day black bear hunting season ended Oct. 26, making this bear’s killing illegal.

The following are possible violations for shooting the bear out of season and not reporting it:

  • A $15,000 restitution to the state for killing the bear
  • If the shooter was a licensed hunter, possible loss of hunting license for a year

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Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person who pulled the trigger. Tipsters can call the 24-hour “Catch a Poacher” hotline at 1-800-635-6124 or email Cpl. Josh Keeney at Joshua.Keeney@maryland.gov.

Note: The bear pictured in this story is not the bear involved. It is a file photo.